The Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative connects community agencies, institutions and volunteers to facilitate partnerships and community action to support a healthy food system across the Mount Waddington Region. Under the leadership of Leslie Dyck, and in partnership with North Island College (Mount Waddington Campus), the Initiative is guided by a food security needs assessment and food action framework that provides a basis for identifying community priorities for a Healthy Food System. Since its inception the initiative has been a catalyst for community food action in region helping to garner community support and funding for many initiatives including:
Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative has also been working to share the North Island Voice and bring home key learnings from province wide and island wide events such as the BC Food System gathering, Healthy Communities Conference (Parksville), and the annual Island Food Connections gatherings.
Since taking leadership of the Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative, Leslie has worked with community patners to facilitate the Indigenous and International Food Project, along with a Seedy Saturday, and a series of urban agriculture workshops in Port Hardy, for which the Initiative was awarded a BC Healthy Communities grant.
Leslie is currently working with community partners to establish the Hub in her region, and playing a key role in a collaborative effort to develop a Port Hardy Farmer's Market.
Within the Hub Collective, Leslie brings a depth of experience in addressing the unique challenges faced by remote and rural firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessie is a Registered Dietitian working with Island Health’s Aboriginal Health Team. Jessie’s office is in Campbell River and she works with Aboriginal communities throughout the North Island, with the Comox Valley as the Southern boundary.
Kimberley is a Registered Dietitian working with Island Health’s Public Health team, and completed her Food, Nutrition and Health degree from UBC in 2011. Kim’s office is in Campbell River and she works with child, youth and family programs and schools throughout the North Island, with the Comox Valley as the Southern boundary. Kimberley supports the work of the food hubs in the North Island by participating in food roundtables, is a member of the Strathcona Health Network table of partners, as well as the steering committees for the Sayward and Gold River Children’s health hubs.
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